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Endometriosis has affected my day-to-day life first starting when I was a teenager and missing school a lot because of pain and not being able to move or get out of bed, to my young adult life where it started affecting my ability to hold...

This disease is like no other; Prior to excision surgery, I daily felt like I was being impaled by a tree branch in my abdomen coupled with feeling like my back was being sawed in half. I also had extreme fatigue, “foggy brain”, migraines, unpredictable...

I have anxiety because I'm always anticipating pain. I'm afraid to be in public alone when a flare up hits. Sometimes something as simple as urinating gives me anxiety because pain usually follows. I've suffered from depression on and off because of my limitations. Sometimes...

My symptoms come and go, are sometimes vague, and difficult to connect with any definitive imaging or testing. I've been on Visanne for the past couple of years which has definitely helped decrease the severity of my symptoms but not get rid of them...

 My pain would last weeks then subside for a few weeks then come right back. Sometimes it wouldn’t really stop. I couldn’t stand up straight , it would always be sharp knife like pains and then just tight cramps. Even sitting sometimes would cause a...

 Knowing you are in so much pain, and not knowing why, really does have an impact on your mental health. It doesn’t help when you get the run around from doctors, being told it’s all in your head and nothings physically wrong. I didn’t sleep...

I've dealt with period pain since day one but was always told it was normal. I lost my left fallopian tube when I was 19 but was incorrectly diagnosed. When I was 22 they suspected endometriosis but I'm considered high risk for surgery so no...

I had to adjust sleep positions. I didn't want to be touched on my right pelvic side. It was something I had to work around constantly. My partner didn't understand and had no empathy. I probably tried mentioning it a few times but he didn't...

Since endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women, endometriosis identification and care need to be better integrated into medical school training. Primary care providers need to be made more aware of endometriosis symptoms - including atypical presentations - in order to refer patients for timely specialist...

I was calling in sick for my shifts at the hospital, as I was unable to keep up with my heavy patient load with the amount of pain I was experiencing. My gynecologist told me that if I put a new IUD in, my symptoms...

It had a huge impact on my life , I wasn’t able to work, go to college, have a social life, travel, and I lived in fear I would wake up in pain and end up in the hospital. I didn’t feel like myself during...

The first time I had endo pain it scared me so much and my work was not supportive. Between the pain, the stress at being treated the way I was, I missed some critical errors by another person and the end result is that I...